Washington (CNN) – No endorsement for you, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
That was the message the New York Times editorial board sent to the state's sitting governor when they published Tuesday an editorial that spelled out why they won't be backing Cuomo in New York's upcoming gubernatorial primary on September 9.
"Mr. Cuomo became governor on that platform and recorded several impressive achievements, but he failed to perform Job 1," reads the editorial. "The state government remains as subservient to big money as ever, and Mr. Cuomo resisted and even shut down opportunities to fix it."
The editorial later stated, "Because he broke his most important promise, we have decided not to make an endorsement for the Democratic primary on Sept. 9."
Cuomo has recently come under fire for accusations of tampering in a corruption investigation by the Moreland Commission, a group appointed last year by the Democratic governor. The commission was part of a plan to wipe out violations of campaign finance laws in the state.
According to the New York Times, when the group subpoenaed a firm that had done advertising for Cuomo's 2010 gubernatorial campaign, the governor's senior aide, Larry Schwartz, then pressured the commission to withdraw that order.
Cuomo has defended himself against the charges, telling reporters last month that, "By definition the commission took advice and opinion from many, many people."
The New York Times editorial cites this as Cuomo's "worst moment of all" and a large part of the reason they aren't endorsing the Democrat.
And while the editorial board doesn't endorse Zephyr Teachout, a law professor running against Cuomo in the primary, they do write that she is "an advocate of precisely the kind of transparency and political reform that Albany needs."
Despite the non-endorsement, it is widely expected that Cuomo will coast to victory in the state's primary and in the November general election.